Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tax Day Tea Party

A noontime Tea Party at the Idaho Statehouse drew 2300 people, despite the rain--Putnam photo

Tax Day “Tea Parties” Address Frustration With Gov. Spending

Boise--Idahoans gathered all over the state to demonstrate their frustration and discontent with the current tax system as well as the growth of government spending.

Chants like "Give me liberty, not debt" were heard across the street from the Capitol Annex Wednesday as anti-tax "tea party" protesters took to the streets to voice their opposition to big government spending.

"I have kids and I know we are mortgaging their futures away," said one protester at the Boise rally. The demonstrations are all part of a larger anti government spending group called 'Taxed Enough Already', or TEA in honor of the Boston Tea Party some 235 years ago.

From Washington President Obama defended his tax policy on Wednesday, saying, "Make no mistake: this tax cut will reach 120 million families and put $120 billion directly into their pockets, and it includes the most American workers ever to get a tax cut. This will boost demand, and save or create over half a million jobs."

In Michigan outside the state Capitol 4,000 people waved signs exclaiming "Stop the Fiscal Madness," and "The Pirates Are in D.C" while kids held makeshift signs complaining about the rising debt.

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson sent out a press release sharing the concerns of Tea party-goers and supports citizens spreading the tax message to lawmakers in Washington.

“I strongly support the concept of these “Tea Parties” and hope they will demonstrate to Congressional Leaders and to President Obama that the American people are fed up with government spending and intend on making their voices heard,” said Simpson.

Simpson supports of fiscal responsibility and recently voted against the President’s FY 2010 budget that included $3 trillion in spending, the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that spent almost $500 billion, and he voted against the $787 billion stimulus bill.

Simpson also is a cosponsor of H.R. 982, the Tax Code Termination Act of 2009, that abolishes the current tax code and requires a new tax code be instated that is simple and fair. “I believe the most effective course of action is to sunset the current complex and unfair federal tax code and replace it with a fair alternative,” said Simpson. “A new tax code should provide tax relief for working Americans, protect the rights of taxpayers, reduce tax collection abuses, and eliminate disincentives for savings and investment.”

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